The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) says it cannot disclose the details of President Muhammadu Buhari’s assets.
The bureau responded to a freedom of information (FoI) request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), seeking a disclosure of assets declaration submitted by successive presidents and governors from 1999 till date.
TheCable reports that the CCB said the information requested cannot be provided on the grounds of “invasion of privacy’.
In its FoI request, the civil society organisation had asked the CCB to provide “details of declarations made immediately after taking offices and thereafter, and for those who have left public offices, at the end of their term of office.”
SERAP also wanted the CCB to make public, “information on the number of asset declarations so far verified by the CCB and the number of those declarations found to be false and deemed to be in breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, by the Bureau.”
In a letter signed by Musa Usman, on behalf of CCB chairman, the bureau said the request “falls short of the requirement of the law”.
The letter with reference number CCB/HQ/LU/047/59 said only the national assembly can prescribe conditions for the release of the forms, but such conditions are yet to be prescribed.
However In a statement on Tuesday, SERAP’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the civil society organisation will challenge the decision of the CCB at the court, adding that “declaration forms are public information, and not private information”.